Participating in charity walks can be a rewarding group experience and a good way to fit some additional exercise into your life, particularly if you don't make it a habit to exercise. However, unless you're a regular distance walker, participating in charity walk may require some special preparation. Namely, you will have to train. This will help you avoid injury, understand your athletic limits and learn what things you will need to bring with you on the day of the walk.
Choose the right attire. Charity walks may seem like fun, but they're also a lot of physical activity, so you must dress like you would for any other rigorous form of outside exercise. Wear comfortable, breathable clothing and put on a good pair of sneakers. Slather some sunscreen to protect you from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Do this even if it's not sunny outside, because the weather can change midwalk. Besides, it doesn't have to be sunny for UV rays to cause skin damage. A baseball cap or visor will also protect you from the sun.
Grab a water bottle. Keeping hydrated is of utmost importance. Fill your water bottle with ice cubes, then water. The ice cubes will help the water stay cold, so that when you do get thirsty, you don't have to swig warm water.
Step outside. Charity walks tend to be long, especially for people who are not used to exercising, so it's important to train your body for the big day. Don't forget to do some stretching before beginning your walk. If you're a regular walker, you may want to prepare by finding a route similar in length and terrain to the route you will be completing for the charity walk. Why? You may be used to walking similar distanced, but if the charity walk requires more hills than you're used to, you may be caught off guard. If you don't make it a habit to walk regularly, ease your way into shape by beginning a training regimen a few weeks prior to the charity walk. Start by walking a distance you know you can handle and go at a leisurely pace. As your stamina and endurance increases, increase your distance and speed. By the date of the charity walk, you'll be ready to lead the pack.
- Find a training buddy. It's much easier to get the motivation to train regularly if you have someone to walk with.
- Think about any essential items you may need on your walk. If the weather seems like it might turn chilly, consider wrapping a long-sleeve shirt around your waist. If you use an inhaler for asthma or need to keep other medication handy, consider whether taking a backpack would be a good idea.
- Give yourself plenty of time to train. If you don't walk regularly, two days before the charity walk is not adequate time to train your body for the event.
- Consider taking a hand towel. It may come in handy when sweat is dripping from your forehead. You can just wrap it around your shoulders if you don't want to carry it in your hands.